Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Retired Coast Guard Combat Veteran

I just donated (via PayPal) to this organization because I fully believe in these principles. I served in the USCG as a Radioman 2nd class during the Viet Nam war, and was stationed on a support (LORAN) station in the Pacific for 14 mos. from Aug. 1964 - Oct. 1965. I served my entire 4-year hitch as an RM, after completing basic and RM school.

My ancestor,
Commodore Stephen Decatur, Jr., (5 January 1779 – 22 March 1820) was an American naval officer notable for his heroism in the Barbary Wars (with the Muslim Barbary Pirates) and in the War of 1812. He was the youngest man to reach the rank of captain in the history of the United States Navy and the first American celebrated as a national military hero who had not played a role in the American Revolution.

My father, T. R. Decatur, Jr., served with distinction in the U.S. Navy during WWII (Naval Air Transport Services), and my eldest son, Will, is a decorated combat veteran, having served three tours (two in Iraq and one in Afghanistan) with the U.S. Army 391st Combat Engineers. Our family has a tradition of serving in the U.S. military and would
not have it any other way. When we took our Oath, we noted that there is NO expiration date !

Thanks for what you are doing; we're proud to be a part of it.

Commodore Decatur's most memorable quote is this one:

"Our country! In her intercourse with foreign nations, may she always be in the right; but our country, right or wrong."
This quote has often been misinterpreted to mean that he supported our nation, even when she was in the wrong. That is not what he meant here, however. I interpret this quote to mean that even when our foreign diplomacy or other, even more forceful, actions involving foreign nations are not as sterling as they could be (due to inadequate intelligence or political mishandling), it is not the fault of the people or of the nation, but the fault of those who are ill-prepared to govern her. To, therefore, withdraw support for the Nation due to the inept management of those in charge is to cut off one's nose to spite one's face, is it not?

My own quote is this: "It is clearly far past time for us, and for the world, to recognize that the Heart of America is not at all comprised of those who rule her, but Constitutionally, is comprised of the People whose duty and right it is to control those who rule her."

Ren Decatur


Anonymous said...

I am now a private citizen patriot and Vietnam era veteran, who believes our US Constitution and Bill of Rights, as written by our founding fathers, was divinely inspired. I AM "We the People," and you can count on me to support and defend our Constitution. I proudly take the Oath Keeper oath of "orders" I will NOT obey.

Charles M Sellers said...

Dear Sirs,
I just saw the Oath Keeper website and agree wholeheartedly with what it stands for. I thought it might be worthwhile to send a letter to you, that I sent in February to my Senators and Congressmen. I doubt that it did any good, I think that we do need to “get in their faces” to at least have them acknowledge our disagreement with the madness going on right now.

With reference to the question I posed as to how much “overseas” money contributed to his “victory”, I think the answer is now clear. All one need do is recognize that the $900M from the stimulus bill going to the Palestinians is really being handed to Hamas. It should be fairly simple to calculate how many rockets that will buy.

Is there a formal way to add my name to the Oath Keeper member roster?

Thanks, and keep up the good work, please.

Charles M Sellers
Colonel, Special Forces
US Army (Retired)

From: chuck sellers []
Sent: Saturday, February 28, 2009 2:33 AM
To: ''
Subject: stimulus et al

Dear Senator Hagan,

I am outraged and disgusted at the sheer magnitude of irresponsibility and arrogance of what is happening in our government. I did not agree with President Bush going into Iraq, but what is happening now is criminal beyond imagination. I owe my son a life beyond indentured servitude to a government that "sold us down the river".

I am a retired Army Special Forces Colonel, with 26 years service. I am a member of the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and Disabled American Veterans. I have always trusted that the administrations that I served under would, despite their political differences, eventually find middle ground in our "way ahead". Until now.

My biggest question now is this. Who actually "owns/runs" the current "President"? He is executing a plan that was obviously premeditated, to destroy this country as we know it. One can only speculate how much "overseas" money was behind his "victory".

Thank God to see today the Taxpayer Tea Party protests, which I will soon join. As a true believer in the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence (as written by Founding Fathers who obviously had a great deal more common sense and wherewithal than those we call leaders today), I assure you that:

I will NEVER swear allegiance to the President over the Constitution.

I will NEVER, as a law abiding citizen, register guns with the government. God knows the criminals won't. That is how Hitler and Stalin made it happen, and we are certainly on that road, sadly enough. The 2nd Amendment gave us the right to bear arms to defend ourselves, and we are in that position as we speak, in many ways. I honestly believe that this will, in the end, be the straw that breaks the camel's back - where law-abiding citizens will finally say NO to the abuse exercised by those in power. After all, they will have no choice - they will be, by the administration's definition, criminals.

I will NEVER pay reparations for a system of slavery in which I never participated, nor did my father, grandfather, great-grandfather, etc.

I will NEVER pay the government to subsidize socialism, which is the obvious goal of this "President", and his senior minions.

All of us who actually live in the real world, would like to remind you that your position, and those of your esteemed "colleagues" in Congress, are temporary, and that you can be retired by the will of the people.

God Bless us all, because we are obviously going to need it...

Charles M Sellers
COL, Special Forces
US Army (Retired)